On the eighty-fifth day of his unlucky streak, Santiago takes his skiff into the Gulf Stream, sets his lines and by noon, has his bait taken by a big fish that he is sure is a marlin.
There is a side tale as well. Manolin, the young boy, however, loves Santiago and cares for him. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. There's an old man, Santiago, who is a fisherman fallen on hard times.
He goes far out, and hooks a gigantic 18 foot long sword fish. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought. Santiago knows that he is defeated and tells the sharks of how they have killed his dreams.
The climax is mind boggling and, in the end, if you are a sensitive and emotional reader like me, you cannot help but shed a tear or two for the old man Santiago and his undying spirit.
Perhaps the most memorable claim is Waldmeir's answer to the question—What is the book's message? He has developed a friendship, a working relationship, a love with a young boy who began fishing with him when the boy was only five.
It is also his deep love and knowledge of the sea, in its impassive cruelty and beneficence, that allows him to prevail. It's the story of perseverance and the machismo of the old man against the elements. The family of his apprentice, Manolin, has forced the boy to leave the old fisherman, though Manolin continues to support him with food and bait.